March's Favourites : New Anti Ageing Skincare routine
Firstly, sorry for the radio silence over here, we've had a lot going on and I'm hoping to get back to regular programming soon!
Secondly, March's favourites are a bit different as I am just going to talk about the two new skincare products I've been using this last month.
Now I'm in my early (mid) thirties I thought it was time to improve my skin care routine. I feel I have really aged since having Bella and my skin is the main issue (along with my midriff but let's not go there). I've always sworn by Liz Earle and to be fair I am really good at taking off my makeup, washing and moisturising my face each night. BUT I thought I should add some more anti-ageing products in, keep reading to find out more.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty basic routine but it suits my busy lifestyle with a toddler. I also think these products are pretty affordable which is always a bonus. They're available in Boots so I used some of my points to treat myself (I get SO many now that I buy so much stuff for Bella).
After doing a bit of 'anti-ageing' research (#geek) I learnt that hyaluronic acid and retinol are integral to youthful looking skin so I went in search of products which contain them.
Adding retinol to your skincare routine is proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and also prevent them from forming in the first place. I watched this video from Nadine Baggot (leading skincare expert) and learnt that retinol has been notoriously hard to use on sensitive areas such as around the eyes which is annoying as that's where wrinkles can feature most strongly - hello crows feet. In the video Nadine talks really positively about an eye cream by Olay so I bought it and I'm really liking it so far!
2) Hyaluronic acid
This article from the Telegraph goes into great detail about Hyaluronic acid's anti-ageing properties, but in short, 'hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge holding vast amounts of water in the skin, effectively plumping out the skin and by doing so it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving the skin's hydration and texture of the skin'. Apparently it can hold 1000 times it's weight in water.
As I wanted to use some of my points on my Boots card I was drawn towards the No7 range. The No7 serums rose to fame over 10 years ago when a TV documentary found that they were a lot more effective than the more expensive market leading products. When I went through the No 7 serums on the counter this was the one I found that said it contained hyaluronic acid. (that's not to say their other serums don't). The lady on the counter told me to squeeze out a pea sized amount, dab over the face and rub in. Like the cream above I am really liking it so far.
I still use my faithful Liz Earle face wash with hot cloth to take my makeup off - face wipes are not good for your skin and are really dehydrating. Not to mention the damage to the environment. I then add a layer of my old favourite Liz Earle moisturiser on top of the new products above.
Since using the Olay eye cream and No 7 serum my skin has definitely improved, it's visibly more hydrated and I guess time will tell if my wrinkles reduce. Like any product it's important to do your research and due diligence before investing, don't walk in clueless as the assistance will pounce on you and leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused about what you want. The assistants are of course experts though and can be helpful so definitely ask questions if you need to. Lastly remember most counters will offer testers which is what I did with the No7 serum. I took a tiny pot away and used it for a few days to make sure I liked it before investing.